Blowback From U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East

by Danny Sjursen He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery. On September 3, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers — the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train. It was… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Problems with America Won’t End with Trump’s Departure

by Shireen T. Hunter According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait… Continue Reading  

Nukes: Intentions Matter More Than Weapons

by Graham E. Fuller  The fascinating, elaborately choreographed diplomatic pas de deux in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un mesmerized the world over two days. Most pundits look at the (perhaps more than) half empty glass of water on the table. Indeed,… Continue Reading  

The Kim Jong Un Phenomenon

by Graham E. Fuller  I may be naive but I get the feeling that something possibly profound is underway with the recent dramatic flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the once reclusive leader Kim Jong Un; it could represent a turning… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Should Disentangle Itself from Middle East Conflicts

by Shireen T. Hunter    Throughout the last seven decades, Iran’s direct or indirect involvement in Middle-East-related issues has been a source of difficulties for its foreign relations and domestic politics. The most consequential of these issues has been the… Continue Reading